Big Sexy Love by Kirsty Greenwood
Olive Brewster is a scaredy cat. She doesn’t do new or risky. She’s happy enough with her job at the local market, it’s cool that she has no boyfriend to fret over, she even likes that she still lives in her childhood home. No drama, no fuss, no problems. Everything is fine. Super duper fine.
Except … Olive’s best friend in the world, Birdie, is dying.
Birdie has one final wish. She wants to track down her first love, Chuck, and because she’s stuck in the hospital she needs Olive’s help to do it. But there’s a teeny problem: Chuck is somewhere in New York and Olive has never even left her home town, let alone roamed the crazy streets of Manhattan.
As if the big city isn’t scary enough, Olive has to contend with Seth, a cocky comedy TV writer who thinks she’s a joke; Anders, a bored socialite who’s taken a shine to her; and the fact that no matter how hard she tries to track down Chuck, he doesn’t seem to want to be found.
Can Olive learn to overcome her fears, abandon her old safe routine and fulfill her best friend’s last wish? It’s going to take extra bravery, one badass attitude and a whole lot of big sexy love to make this happen …
Okay, so this book is slightly predictable. In fact, I knew exactly what was going to happen within the first few chapters. However, this book is simply wonderful. It is funny and heartwarming, yet also quite emotional in parts. I laughed, I cried, and I loved it.
Olive is a person that likes routine, and gets extremely anxious at the thought of deviating from it at all. She is happy, but really she is just trudging through the motions of life. When her sick best friend gives her a deathbed request, always be prepared Olive is thrown completely out of her element. And everything after that becomes a complicated catastrophe as Olive is thrown into countless situations that she cannot control.
Granted, some of the predicaments Olive finds herself in are a tad ridiculous, but I found the story to be an enjoyable read anyway. And as a character, I kind of adore Olive. Her quirks and awkwardness make her relatable, even if at some moments it all felt a little over the top. I found the chapters to be slightly episodic, in a ‘what will Olive Brewster do next’ sort of a way, and all the way through I was hooked and eager to see the next part.
I also loved the character Birdie, Olive’s best friend. Birdie, by personality, is the complete opposite of Olive. Birdie is adventurous, outgoing, and ready for anything.
From the outside, this is a love story. A search for true love. But when you get closer, you see that it is a book about friendship. Big Sexy Love is one of those stories that just make you feel happy while reading it.
I rate this book 4/5. I loved the story and the writing, but I did guess the ending very early on. If you are someone that enjoys reading cute romantic comedies, this is definitely one for you.
Have you read Big Sexy Love? Tell me what you thought.
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